26 May, 2023
By breaking ties with DeAndre Hopkins, the Arizona Cardinals pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the NFL offseason. Hopkins was released by Arizona after the team was unable to identify a trade partner for him.
Hopkins is now free to sign with any team he chooses following his release. Hopkins signed an extension when he was dealt to the Cardinals in 2020, and the final two years of that extension have cap numbers of $29,988,890 in 2023 and $25,453,886 in 2024. Hopkins’ release from Arizona will result in a dead cap cost of $21,077,776 while saving $8,911,114 in cap space.
In the history of the NFL, Hopkins has the eighth-most receiving yards (11.298) and the fourth-most receptions (853), both through his first 10 seasons. Despite only appearing in nine games last season, Hopkins averaged 7.1 catches per game (fourth in the NFL) and 79.7 receiving yards per game (tenth in the NFL). In his 10 NFL seasons, he has made the first team All-Pro three times and been chosen five times for the Pro Bowl.
The teams Hopkins indicated he was interested in and the quarterbacks he prefers to play with will now be in play as he is free to sign with whoever he pleases. Hopkins identified the quarterbacks he would like to play with earlier this week: Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, Jalen Hurts, and Justin Herbert.
Hopkins stated earlier this week on the I AM ATHLETE podcast, “What I want is stable management upstairs.” “I believe that’s something I haven’t really had in my career lately, moving from Houston to Arizona.
“A steady management is needed because I’ve had three or four general managers in my career. A quarterback who is passionate about the game, one who rallies everyone behind him, and one who pushes not only himself but also those around him. also a strong defense. The winning defense is the defense. In the next days, Hopkins will have the chance to look for that.